Episode 469 a special mission
in Konoha kakashi dismisses team 7 as their mission is complete. Naruto complains that its only 10am and demands an S ranked mission saying all their missions lately have been boring. sasuke snorts at this and sakura says theyre only genin. but kakashi walks away saying there arent any missions.
Sasuke turns to leave while sakura says they should go outt ogether but he turns her down and says hes going home. Naruto though stops them both saying there is one S rank misison they can do. a mission that's failed numerous times and only they can accomplish it. see kakashis face.
Sakura asks him what hes thinking and say they should just forget it asking right sasukekun?? *que cringeworthy fangirl moment* Sasuke though says this is the perfect idea which casues sakura to pivot 180 and agree with him while inner sakura howls about being tricked.
Sakura asks him how since everything has failed. Naruto says he has a plan to search all the old photos as theres bound to be one without a mask.but Sakura kaboshes that by saying shes already looked.
A man with purple face pain in 2 streaks udner his eyes approaches them with a camera and takes a picture as he says the hokage demanded a private photo for records purposes with no mask and has it in a secret place as a classified document. he introduces himself as Sukea a photog who travels from the east to the west. Naruto asks him what about north to south but sakura chastises him for getting caught up in petty details all day.
he says he overheard them and hes been on the look out for a good scoop. Naruto wonders iof they should get rid of him for overhearing their secret mission but sakura bonks him on the noggin baka style. sasuke though confirms what hes said then he asks what sukeas motive in this is. he explains that hes been looking for a big scoop and if he can photo kakahsi without a mask even if its hushed up later hes sure to make a lot of money off it. Naruto says that if he makes the money he needs to treat them to ramen, and sukea evne offers to do that and treat them to dumplings as well. Sakura sighs but inner sakura gets real exited at the missions prospects.
at the archives later Sakura ask sukea if he can keep up. Sukea says he was a rank and file ninja before retiring and say he can. they enter unseen and sasuke attempts to pick a lock but it gives him problems. Sukea asks to have a go and promptly picks the lock. Sasuke asks him what divison he was in and sukea replies the intelligence divison reporting directly to the hokage. Sakura and Sasuke both realize that means the Anbu black ops. he say yes but says things happened and now hes retuired. Sasuke asks him If its wise for him to do this since sukea could become a target for the anbu but he waves them off saying its fine.
after a search of the archives sukea finds the file and the others gather. slowly oh so slowly hes pulls the form out only for an anbu team to tell them not to move and that if they do they'll take that as resistance. Naruto says eh has to sneeze but sakura tells him to hold it in idiot. sukea complains that they were so close as the scene ends with only hhalf of kakashis face shown
Sarutobi gives them a lecture and the day continues on as sukea explains to Kakashi why they did it.. he says he tried to stop them but they insisted drawing protests from the team. including sakura statement about hating handsome guys who do nasty things. he apologizes and says hell help them with his photo skills instead. he says they'll lure kakahsi to an eatery and photo him while he eats. he holds up a special camera and says its sure to work.
Naruto lures kakashi to a dumpling shop and offers him some asking to speak about a very impoirtant thing. as kakashi rasies his hand to take the mask off to eat one of the dumpling sticks kiba approaches while akamaru rushes to scare some pigeons near by. Naruto tells kiba to go away but when he turns around kakashi has eaten the dumplings and mask is in place.
Naruto smikrs because they have him on film this time. unfortunately the pigeosn akamaru and a leaf block the shots. Sasuke wonders if theres a divine power at work against them. And sukea apologizes guessing the mission is over. before they can leave though kiba and teams kurenai and Asuma approach them while Kakashi watches hidden from a little distance away.
Hinata runs to kakashi whose reading his book and tells him a woman has fallen in the river and drowned. near the river kakashi and hinata find the woman-- a disguised Naruto-- laying there. Kakashi checks her vitals and doesn't find any causing Naruto to think Sakuras medicine worked like a charm. Kakashi looks like hes about to remove his mask to do cpr but promptly picks the girl up and rushes her to a hospital causing hinata to say plan A failed as the rookies move on to Plan B.
As kakashi rushes to the hospital hes ambushed by choji, Ino and Shino. choji use shuman boulder to slow kakashi down, while shino immobilizes him with his bigs for Ino to try her shintensin. but her shintensin is interrupted by a frog. Kakashi tries to exlplain but shikamaru catches him in his shadow possession.
Naruto reveals himself as the rest of the rookies show up and sukea with his camera. Kakshi protests and tries to wiggle out of it but shikamaru begins to unmask him. just as the reveal of a sweating bullets kakashi is about to happen fate intervenes in the form of Team Guy who storms the scene in Guy fashion with poor tenten in tow who accidently causes shikamaru to fall down and breaks his shadow possession. Kakashi then promptly peaces out and vanishes kage bunshin style leaving everyone stunned and sakura wondering if he was onto them from the start.
later sukea apologizes for the oops but Naruto assures him they had a great time. Sukea says he did too and he hopes to see them later. they wish him farewell and leaves thinking the rookies looked like they were having a lot of fun.
Kakashi watches from around a corner with team guy and tenten comments on how its good to do such things every once in a while for fun. Kakahi says it wears him out though all those shadow clones and transformations. he also comments on how everyones teamwork made it a close call with his mask. Neji though says it wouldn't have been that close which cause kakashi to reveal another mask below the first as backup.
Team 7 walks away with Naruto saying how food makes everything better, and sakura asks how they'll get Kakashi to eat with them. Lee notices them coming and warns the others who promptly all vanish revealing themselves as kagebunshins.
Sukea walks towards the gates when Guy passes him by. sukea seems nervous as Guy stops him and asks him if ehs seen any trouble around the town to which sukea replies he hasn't. Guy looks real close at sukea and mentions kakashi causing guy to ask if hes met sukea somewhere. Sukea says they haven't met and guy apologizes and leaves wondering where hes seen sukea before.
later at Sukeas apartment sukea reveals himself as Kakashi of course using a particularly clever disguise. little fan service shower scene for the ladies. Kakashi watches later team 7 arguing amongst themselves and comments on how their teamwork has improved greatly from the bell test. he puts his mask on saying he can probably only keep this up for another 3 or 4 attempts as the episode ends.
next episode Conencting thoughts, back to the fight with Kaguya
couple small notes once more the animators seem to be giving a big Fu to the ending. Sakura in several instances while still fangirling sasuke is shown in better relation to Naruto. either facing him or closer to him or on his side when walking. along with her comment of hating handsome guys who do bad things.
Seriosuly beginning to wonder if the animation teams had it with the ending and are having their own little rebellion including the opening which shows Sakura obliterating a hinata stand in.